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BRIAN HOWEY: Rising up to meet Putin's thuggery

BRIAN HOWEY: Rising up to meet Putin's thuggery

Any illusions I had about the progressive nature of the Vladimir Putin’s Russian regime quickly dissipated when I returned to my Moscow Grand Marriott room in August 2007. Upon opening the door, I was greeted with the spectacle of my papers and note pads strewn about the room. It was clear t…

July 24, 2014 12:10 pm
BRIAN HOWEY: A comeback saga for ‘LeBron Bayh?'

BRIAN HOWEY: A comeback saga for ‘LeBron Bayh?'

INDIANAPOLIS | This could be the saga of “LeBron Bayh.”

July 20, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Adopting Indiana? Or a ‘deadbeat parent’

BRIAN HOWEY: Adopting Indiana? Or a ‘deadbeat parent’

FREMONT, Ind. | This past week we’ve learned Indiana has essentially stiffed 1,400 families who have adopted special needs children. The subsidies they were promised to raise kids in the state’s foster child program have been denied, prompting one LaPorte mother to call Indiana a “deadbeat parent.”

July 13, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Evolving Hoosier marriage and equal protection

BRIAN HOWEY: Evolving Hoosier marriage and equal protection

FREMONT, Ind. | The last week of June brought extraordinary images to Indiana. With the stroke of a pen, federal Judge Richard Young stuck down the state’s marriage laws passed by overwhelming bipartisan majorities. Within hours, hundreds of gay couples flowed into Hoosier courthouses from I…

July 02, 2014 1:55 pm
BRIAN HOWEY: Long’s Article V convention and redistricting

BRIAN HOWEY: Long’s Article V convention and redistricting

If you needed a poster to display the dysfunction in Congress, look no further than the “We Shall Overcome” photo op that took place with Congressional leaders on Tuesday. John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell linked hands and arms and swayed uncomfortably as they obs…

June 29, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: We never learned the lessons of Vietnam

BRIAN HOWEY: We never learned the lessons of Vietnam

We should remember Staff Sgt. Richard Blakley of Plainfield. And Lance Cpl. Matthew R. Smith of Anderson, Spec. Gregory Paul Sanders of Hobart and Sgt. Craig A. Boling of Elkhart.

June 22, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Republicans, women and Latinos

BRIAN HOWEY: Republicans, women and Latinos

Less than two years after Democrats tried to tag the “war on women” label on Indiana Republicans — with some success — delegates at the GOP convention in Fort Wayne nominated the first all-female ticket in state history.

June 15, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: GOP social agenda fueling Indiana Dems

BRIAN HOWEY: GOP social agenda fueling Indiana Dems

For a major state political party running on fumes, the “Big Dem Weekend” should put the Hoosier political establishment on notice that the super minority Democrats are ready to feed off what they call the “socially divisive Republican agenda.”

June 08, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Pence affixes a badge of pragmatism

BRIAN HOWEY: Pence affixes a badge of pragmatism

When the early historical accounts of Mike Pence’s first stint as a government executive are assembled, the critical moment will likely be 10 a.m. May 15, 2014.

May 25, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Politics, dollars and Common Core

BRIAN HOWEY: Politics, dollars and Common Core

Did Indiana Gov. Mike Pence change course on Common Core curriculum, with the emphatic support of his super majority Republicans in the General Assembly, to put education standards back in the hands of Hoosiers? Or did he make a political decision that will play well with some factions of Re…

May 18, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Social conservatives prepare for retribution

BRIAN HOWEY: Social conservatives prepare for retribution

The headlines following the primary election upsets of Indiana state Reps. Rebecca Kubacki and Kathy Heuer were along the lines of “social conservatives strike back.”

May 11, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Governorship is Pence's launching pad

BRIAN HOWEY: Governorship is Pence's launching pad

Somewhere in a faraway place, Michael Deaver and “the fellas” had to be smiling.

May 04, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Mount Vernon Assembly coming to Indiana

BRIAN HOWEY: Mount Vernon Assembly coming to Indiana

In an era of congressional polarization and inability to deal with profound problems, a constitutional alternative is poised to take a second crucial step at the Indiana Statehouse in June.

April 27, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Doctors Brown, Bucshon become seekers

BRIAN HOWEY: Doctors Brown, Bucshon become seekers

Seated across the table from me at Cafe Patachou were Drs. Tim Brown and Larry Bucshon.

April 20, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Mike Pence for president? Stay tuned

BRIAN HOWEY: Mike Pence for president? Stay tuned

Mike Pence for president?

April 13, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Bopp’s overhaul of U.S. election finance

BRIAN HOWEY: Bopp’s overhaul of U.S. election finance

As Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock kicked off his U.S. Senate campaign in February 2011, the most conspicuous person in the wings was Terre Haute attorney Jim Bopp Jr.

April 06, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Modest achievements for Gov. Pence

BRIAN HOWEY: Modest achievements for Gov. Pence

We aren't quite to the halfway point of Gov. Mike Pence's term, but he's now through his second Indiana General Assembly session and last week signed into law the state's first pre-kindergarten program, cut the corporate tax and provided $200 million more in road funding.

March 30, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: For Indiana Republicans, it’s tax cut showtime

BRIAN HOWEY: For Indiana Republicans, it’s tax cut showtime

I had this really crazy idea: Instead of giving tax abatements to businesses and industry, give them to Hoosier folks who want to build a new home or remodel the one they're in, particularly with the historic low interest rates that may begin disappearing soon.

March 23, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Putin’s Russia, and perhaps Putin’s Ukraine

BRIAN HOWEY: Putin’s Russia, and perhaps Putin’s Ukraine

As day slipped into night during the cruel winter of 2014, millions of Americans watched the mesmerizing closing ceremony of the Sochi Olympics.

March 16, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Delph’s re-election isn't foregone conclusion

BRIAN HOWEY: Delph’s re-election isn't foregone conclusion

Mike Delph is a Republican state senator from Carmel, but he is well known to Republicans throughout the state.

March 09, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Bipartisan lessons from Nunn, Lugar

BRIAN HOWEY: Bipartisan lessons from Nunn, Lugar

There will never be a movie about the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program.

March 02, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Lessons from marriage amendment debate

BRIAN HOWEY: Lessons from marriage amendment debate

The voters will not see the constitutional marriage amendment on the Indiana ballot until 2016, if ever.

February 23, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Pence knee deep in taxes, repeals and mud

BRIAN HOWEY: Pence knee deep in taxes, repeals and mud

If you want to go to one of the most conservative places in Indiana where Hoosier Republicanism runs deep, I would recommend Wakarusa.

February 16, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Meth kids, wounded cops and feral cats

BRIAN HOWEY: Meth kids, wounded cops and feral cats

In small town and rural Indiana, you can see the gaunt, ghost people. They have rotting teeth. They drive beat up pickup trucks and old Pontiacs, sometimes with kids standing in the backseat. They can be tracked on a ritual tour of drug stores.

February 09, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Tax repeals and Gov. Pence's promise

BRIAN HOWEY: Tax repeals and Gov. Pence's promise

In the past month, I feared Gov. Mike Pence and legislative Republican leaders had a rude surprise for us middle class working stiffs.

January 30, 2014 1:34 pm
BRIAN HOWEY: Speaker Bosma and the second sentence

BRIAN HOWEY: Speaker Bosma and the second sentence

In the post-Mike Pence world of gubernatorial politics – either 2016 or 2020 – Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma is positioned as the heir apparent.

January 26, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Empathy, challenge from Gov. Pence via Mt. Baldy

BRIAN HOWEY: Empathy, challenge from Gov. Pence via Mt. Baldy

One of the most unique places in Indiana is Mount Baldy on the southern rim of Lake Michigan.

January 19, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Marriage and unintended consequences

BRIAN HOWEY: Marriage and unintended consequences

In 1988, with 20 years into the Republican gubernatorial dynasty, there stood the ideal candidate — Lt. Gov. John Mutz. He was of excellent pedigree, having served with distinction under two-term Gov. Robert Orr. He had been a successful state senator and a corporate executive.

January 12, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Don’t hold your breath for Indiana pot law change

BRIAN HOWEY: Don’t hold your breath for Indiana pot law change

The legal sale of recreational marijuana began Wednesday in Colorado and will be followed later this year by Washington state, but Hoosiers shouldn't hold their breath about that happening any time soon in Indiana.

January 05, 2014 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Ranking the Hoosier condition

BRIAN HOWEY: Ranking the Hoosier condition

As we pull away from 2013, what is the state of the Hoosier condition?

December 29, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: If you believe in marriage amendment, then own it

BRIAN HOWEY: If you believe in marriage amendment, then own it

"Let the people decide." We have heard this cry from Gov. Mike Pence and a number of Republican members of the Indiana General Assembly when it comes to House Joint Resolution 6 — the constitutional amendment on same-sex marriage.

December 22, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: The historic auto payoff for Hoosiers

BRIAN HOWEY: The historic auto payoff for Hoosiers

Indiana is the “Crossroads of America.” We are the second ranking automobile manufacturer in the nation.

December 15, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Two political docs' diagnosis of Obamacare

BRIAN HOWEY: Two political docs' diagnosis of Obamacare

Larry Bucshon is a heart surgeon, a Republican and a congressman. He has had employees who have reached lifetime insurance caps and ended up on Medicaid. He has seen thousands of poor Hoosiers on Medicaid denied access to health care. He paid about $40,000 a year in medical malpractice insur…

December 08, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Highways for Hoosier innovation

BRIAN HOWEY: Highways for Hoosier innovation

Drifting back in time, I can see my family loading up the Rambler for that Thanksgiving trip up to Grandma's house in Mishawaka.

December 01, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Indiana needs a comprehensive health strategy

BRIAN HOWEY: Indiana needs a comprehensive health strategy

INDIANAPOLIS | Indiana needs a comprehensive, statewide health strategy.

November 24, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Marriage amendment roils Indiana GOP

BRIAN HOWEY: Marriage amendment roils Indiana GOP

With the constitutional marriage amendment looming just over the horizon, the Indiana Republican Party is hardly one happy family living in a big tent.

November 17, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Shutdown wasn't going to defeat Obamacare

BRIAN HOWEY: Shutdown wasn't going to defeat Obamacare

On the morning of Oct. 16 - with the federal government shuttered three weeks and just hours away from the first federal default in history - U.S. Sen. Dan Coats was incredulous.

November 10, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Festering partisanship and sins of Obamacare

BRIAN HOWEY: Festering partisanship and sins of Obamacare

As Obamacare careens into its second month of implementation, the one conclusion I am coming to is that we may have lost the ability to govern ourselves. My faith in government is eroding like a sand castle on a Lake Michigan dune.

November 03, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Political obstacles for an unhealthy Indiana

BRIAN HOWEY: Political obstacles for an unhealthy Indiana

As the focus turns from the manufactured shutdown/default crisis in Congress to the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, there is one thing Hoosiers should focus on. Indiana is not a healthy state.

October 27, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Heroes, leaders through Peyton prism

BRIAN HOWEY: Heroes, leaders through Peyton prism

When I scan the Washington horizon, I see few, if any, heroes, at least in their current stations.

October 19, 2013 12:00 pm
BRIAN HOWEY: Hoosier GOP members on a potential default

BRIAN HOWEY: Hoosier GOP members on a potential default

The Obamacare health exchanges got off to a disastrous start this month, plagued by systemic computer glitches. But the focus of the nation was fixated on a congressionally induced government shutdown and a potential default that could dwarf the Lehman Brothers collapse of 2008 and the Great…

October 13, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: A new level of public service for Hoosiers

BRIAN HOWEY: A new level of public service for Hoosiers

You know, I really hate the speed limit on Interstate 65, so instead of going 70 mph, I plan to go 95 mph.

October 06, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Obamacare, propaganda and statesmanship

BRIAN HOWEY: Obamacare, propaganda and statesmanship

What we’re seeing in Indiana and nationally is a Republican Party that doesn’t recognize it lost the crucial rubber match.

September 29, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Indiana needs tax abatement for home building

BRIAN HOWEY: Indiana needs tax abatement for home building

In the five years since the mortgage bubble burst, Wall Street went into meltdown and the taxpayers from Main Street bailed the 1 percenters out, I survey friends and family who, in 2007 were quite doing well. And today, most of them struggle.

September 22, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Health care amidst amber waves of grain

BRIAN HOWEY: Health care amidst amber waves of grain

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence achieved a bureaucratic goal Tuesday when the Obama administration signed off on a one-year extension of a federal waiver for the Healthy Indiana Plan.

September 08, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Indiana’s jobs problem may be local, not state

BRIAN HOWEY: Indiana’s jobs problem may be local, not state

After 16 consecutive months of Indiana's jobless rate above the national average -- it's 8.4 percent now, compared to 7.4 for the U.S. -- the cold reality is that we have a problem with a quarter of a million Hoosiers chronically out of work.

September 01, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Pandora’s Box awaiting in Syria

BRIAN HOWEY: Pandora’s Box awaiting in Syria

The images we saw last week are grotesque, disturbing, heartbreaking and might be just a preview of things to come.

August 25, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: A bipartisan push toward U.S. tax reform

BRIAN HOWEY: A bipartisan push toward U.S. tax reform

The U.S. jobless rate is 7.4 percent. Here in Indiana, it stands at 8.4 percent.

August 18, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: Obamacare and the need for hard questions

BRIAN HOWEY: Obamacare and the need for hard questions

On Aug. 24, 2001, a French stuntman named Thierry Devaux tried to bungee jump from Lady Liberty's torch in the New York Harbor. He ended up dangling on his parasail from her wrist.

August 11, 2013 12:00 am
BRIAN HOWEY: The hollow facade of Tony Bennett

BRIAN HOWEY: The hollow facade of Tony Bennett

NASHVILLE, Ind. | There was a basketball gym-style scoreboard outside of then Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett's Statehouse office in July 2009. A clock ticked off the time remaining in his term. The score showed Indiana's high school graduation rate at 77.8 percent.

August 04, 2013 12:00 am
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